“The best and most powerful humor is connected intimately to sorrow, disappointment, grief, loneliness. The human condition. The humor I appreciate most and that I attempt to emulate is the humor that tries to get readers to relax, drop their guard, have a good time so that the writer can then really hit them with the heavy stuff. But that’s actually an imprecise formulation, because it shouldn’t be first one, then the other. The best humor is funny AT THE SAME TIME it is sad. Or even: funny BECAUSE sad.”—
Like a week or three ago someone I follow posted (or, more
Iikely, reposted) something about someone who (re)designs a a book cover for every book after reading it. Anyone able to point me toward that?
“There’s a German word for it, of course: Sehnsucht, which translates as “addictive yearning.” This is, I think, what these sites evoke: the feeling of being addicted to longing for something; specifically being addicted to the feeling that something is missing or incomplete. The point is not the thing that is being longed for, but the feeling of longing for the thing. And that feeling is necessarily ambivalent, combining both positive and negative emotions.”—Pinterest, Tumblr and the Trouble With ‘Curation’ - NYTimes.com (via thisistheverge)
I watched the preview for Ruby Sparks last night. Could be ok, or could be a steaming pile, hard to tell with this kind of movie. Movies about writers are catnip to me, but the catnip usually turns out to be poison ivy. Paul Dano, though.
The website for the movie wants you to type like you’re…
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True story (from the ’90s, so you know it must be true): Back when the internet was an idea mainstream media outlets understood the importance of, but didn’t fully grasp, chats were an extremely common form of famous people interacting with their fans. (Evidence: Here’s a newspaper listing of online chats on AOL, Prodigy and Compuserve.) In August of 1996, “Pepper” was inescapable, so MTV decided to hold a live chat with the band on what was supposed to be AOL. But something broke, so it was on IRC at a point where IRC was just ahead of Usenet in its mainstream lifecycle. Being 15 at the time and just enthused at being able to ask the Butthole Surfers some questions, I asked the kind of things 15-year-olds ask. And the band being who it was, they handled the medium with hilarious contempt. (Me: “What’s your next video going to be like?” Gibby Haynes: “A long, warm tunnel.”) A bizarre time — to be on mIRC, chatting with Gibby Haynes — with like 300 other people, all there because MTV told them to stop by. If the Butthole Surfers were getting radio play these days, they’d just have a Tumblr. (Fun fact: The album cover used here is the safe-for-kids version. We’ll let you go find the other one.) — Ernie @ SFB
Once I saw how the creation of a hypothesis can push the mind, it became something I hungered for as a reader: Ben Marcus’s The Age of Wire and String, Matthea Harvey’s Sad Little Breathing Machine, Sabrina Orah Mark’s The Babies, Jess Stoner’s I Have Blinded Myself Writing This, Darcie Dennigan’s Madame X all create worlds that shift something fundamental for the reader to live inside.
“Listen Aaron. Had never heard of Hobart. But looked in with genuine curiosity. I don’t know why I feel the need to email you. I get nothing out of being cruel except sadness. But still. Hobart is pretty lame. The “what we like” and what we “don’t like” thing you have up front is preposterous.
The world is so so so full of words. It might be better for you to read for awhile, say two full years, and watch zero TV. Shut down your site. Then maybe you could consider hosting a literary journal. With all due respect. will”—was going through my email looking for something and found this old gem, sent only a little over a year ago.